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Innovative transportation projects

We're involved in many innovative projects; from being driven to places in autonomous vehicles with entertainment, to finding the cheapest and closest car parking space.

Find out more about the projects happening in Coventry:

UK Autodrive

UK Autodrive is the largest government-backed trial of self-driving vehicles, receiving funding for the next three years. It is the key of three successful consortia, who have received funding from Innovate UK, under the Government’s ‘Introducing Driverless Cars’ competition. The project started in November 2015 and will run for 3 years. The UK Autodrive programme, being led by Arup, saw successful demonstrations and trials at HORIBA MIRA test track in Nuneaton and in Milton Keynes in 2016, the next set of demonstrations are planned for Spring 2017.

The consortium includes: Arup, Milton Keynes Council, Coventry City Council, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford Motor Company, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, RDM Group, HORIBA MIRA, Thales, the Transport Systems Catapult, Oxford University Mobile Robotics Group, University of Cambridge, Oxbotica, AXA, Gowling WLG, and the Open University.

UK CITE - UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment

With funding from the Government’s £100m Intelligent Mobility Fund, the consortium, in partnership with Highways England will create the first fully connected road infrastructure, using a globally unique combination of wireless technologies, to enable semi-autonomous and eventually autonomous driving in a safe and managed way.  It will accelerate research and development in connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. The project will establish how ‘talking car technologies’ can improve journeys, reduce traffic congestion, and provide entertainment and safety services through better connectivity.

It will empower automotive, infrastructure and service companies to trial connected vehicle technology, infrastructure and services in real-life conditions on 40 miles of roads within Coventry and Warwickshire. The project will establish how technology can improve journeys, reduce traffic jams, improve road safety and provide in-vehicle entertainment and safety services through better connectivity.

The globally unique, ‘UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment’ - UK CITE project, administered by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and delivered by the UK’s innovation agency, ‘Innovate UK’, which started in June 2016, will see trials on public roads in 2017.

iVMS – Intelligent Variable Messaging System

The project will deliver traffic management efficiencies as well as develop new technologies to improve vehicle routing and network resilience. It will develop and deliver an app based in-vehicle and mobile phone solution, that will build on the current ‘HoPE’ project. The app will provide journey guidance advice which is incentivised and designed to balance the users individual journey needs with the demand on, capacity of and management of the highway network. It will seek to provide advice on whether to start the journey earlier or later in order to avoid congestion or increase journey time reliability, as well as providing live in-journey information to give advice on the most appropriate route. The app will be tested using a pool of trial users which will be recruited during the project and will focus on three main corridors into Coventry: Binley Rd, Walsgrave Rd, and the A444 Phoenix Way to Sky Blue Way.

Routing advice will exploit the principle of load sharing in order to maximise journey performance across the system and avoid the problems inherent in some of the popular current commercial app solutions. This system is based on live management data from the UTC system and potentially (subject to the interface with the HoPE project) forecast traffic conditions based on the current live conditions. MODUM and HoPE are two existing European projects which could be integrated into the iVMS project. The project is funded by CWLEP Growth Deal, and will end in 2018.

HoPE - Holistic Personal public Eco-Mobility

The objective of the HoPE project is to encourage modal shift to transport modes such as rail, bus, and cycling, by developing a ticketing system that can be used across multiple modes and across multiple boundaries. The project will develop a smart ticketing and journey-planning website alongside a mobile phone application.  It will allow users to pay for multi-modal journeys on this application. It will also be linked to the Urban Traffic Control System.

Coventry City Council has been directly involved in this European project since 2014, terminating in 2017.

Citizens At The City's Heart (CATCH!)

CATCH! is a feasibility study to develop a demonstration web and demo Android app that shows routing based on live conditions of transport networks.  A ‘living’ journey planner that crowdsources how the transport system is operating to provide citizens with frustration-free routing and transport professionals with granular data on how people travel. Catch! combines crowdsourced data with schedule, disruption and roadworks data to create a new class of journey planner that gives more accurate routing.

The journey-planner smartphone app detects route, mode of transport and journey statistics without any input from citizens - they don't even need to open the app. That anonymised community data feeds back into the journey planner to improve routing and is available to local authorities and transport operators to help improve transport policy, services and infrastructure. Best-in-class behavioural economics help citizens select the most appropriate route and influence the choices they take to prevent congestion.

The granularity, breadth and timeliness of Catch! data allows an evolution in analytical and visualisation techniques, yielding new insights into transport usage, demand and operation. Catch! gives local authorities rich detail on their transport systems so they can evaluate pinch points, identify trends and make informed decisions. Transport for West Midlands is the lead organisation for CATCH! anticipated to end in 2018.


AppyParking is a Department for Transport project, to provide an extension to an already successful trial of the installation and operation of real-time parking sensors across all Coventry’s Pay and Display bays, Electric Vehicle Charging bays, and Disabled bays. AppyParking is a free app and a website, allowing you to see when, where and what time to park. AppyParking's real-time availability can show you live availability of parking spaces. It doesn't just help you find a parking space; it will even show you the cheapest and nearest spot!  AppyParking has collated using on and off-street parking information, across London, and 11 of the UK's biggest cities, including Coventry. The project started in 2017 and expected to end in 2018. 


assist-Mi is a app, being managed by Assist Mi, that offers comprehensive assistance to disabled users on the go, empowering them to greater independence when accessing everyday goods and services. Using a unique combination of location based technologies and two-way messaging, assist-Mi removes traditional barriers by connecting the user directly with service providers to request real-time assistance at the touch of a button.

SUITS - Supporting Urban Integrated Transport Systems

SUITS is a European funded project to evaluate interventions that will improve Coventry’s resilience and ability to deliver on reducing congestion, pollution and the development of inclusive transport measures impacting the quality of life for urban dwellers and commuters. Key outputs will be a validated capacity building program for transport departments, and resource light learning assets, decision support tools to assist in procurement, innovative financing, and engagement of new business partners and handling of open, real time and legacy data. Working with 9 local authorities, the consortium is to work on this for four years from December 2016.

The objective is to continue to bring together Intelligent Transport Systems and various sources of travel information to provide the most efficient highway operation and improve the ease of use of accurate travel information for the public.  These projects have significant future benefits for improving the impact of transport on air quality and the ability of people to travel more freely.

For further details, please contact Sunil Budhdeo by email or telephone 024 7683 2436.

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